How To Spot A Bed Bug Problem In Your Alexander City Home
December 15, 2020 - Bed Bugs
Alexander City! Home to Lake Martin, hiking trails, and Children's Harbor. Alexander City has so much to offer. Top Gun Pest Control is committed to making sure that it remains a city we can be proud of. Our expert task force dedicates itself to making sure that the city remains free of such unwelcome guests as – among others – bed bugs. Though bed bugs were once thought to be an old-fashioned pest issue, they've made quite the resurrection lately. The better informed you are about these tiny guests, the better your chances of steering clear.
Bed Bug Behaviors
Bed bugs survive as vampires, feeding on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Each meal lasts about 10 minutes, and, as their bites are painless, they are especially difficult to notice. The heat emitted from bodies, carbon dioxide from breathing, and other signs of life are cues that let them know that you are available for feeding. After finding a host, bed bugs feed and retreat into hiding for days or weeks. This can also make a bed bug problem difficult to detect until their population is out of hand.
Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers. Most of the time, they make their way into your home by traveling from a public place on your clothing or belongings. You may inadvertently pick them up from a bus, airplane, laundromat, school, hotel, or other areas where people congregate.
Once they get inside your Alexander City home, they will move throughout your home. As you may have guessed, bed bugs have a thing for hanging out in your bed. And can you blame them? However, they will travel throughout your home or building once they find their way inside. Even objects, like suitcases, can provide a vehicle propelling them to different spaces. Bed bugs like to be near people to feed. Therefore, they will hide in furniture, carpeting, blankets, and even electrical outlets.
Detecting Bed Bugs In Your Alexander City Home
Bed bugs are small, and though you can see them, they are excellent hiders. To find a bed bug, you need to look in the seams of furniture or mattresses and cracks and crevices in your home. They do, however, leave an abundance of evidence behind. Some of the evidence of a bed bug problem includes:
- Shed skins: Once you've spotted the shed skin casing of a bed bug, you can be sure that a full-on infestation is underway. The molted casing that bed bugs leave behind is one of the most common signs of a bed bug problem. These skin casings look much like a living bed bug with the exception that the casing is hollow and transparent.
- Fecal stains: Bed bugs leave behind excrement and bloodstains on your bedding, mattress, and box spring. Remove your sheets, inspect your mattress, and lift your mattress in search of small brown stains.
- Bloodstains: Bed bugs will leave behind remnants of their meal on bedding and clothing after feedings. Bed bugs go through five stages as they mature, and, after each step, they feed and leave behind a casing.
- Bites: Bed bugs also leave behind bites. Unlike fleas who bite sporadically, they bite in a linear pattern. If you notice small welts that itch, you likely have a bed bug problem.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you're noticing natural wear or tear or signs of a bed bug problem, reach out to an expert. Our team at Top Gun Pest Control will inspect your property for bed bug behavior and come up with a plan for effective and efficient bed bug removal.
Professional Bed Bug Control
The smaller the population of bed bugs, the easier it is to treat the area. Therefore, it's crucial to contact Top Gun Pest Control as early as possible to control the infestation. Though you may be tempted to try do-it-yourself methods to bed bug control, these almost always fail. To eliminate a bed bug problem, you must eliminate every last parasite in your home. Once bed bugs are disturbed, they will hide and an infestation can remain dormant for weeks or months at a time only to reemerge in greater numbers.